African-American/Asian/Asian American Connections: Crossing Borders and Boundaries

Sawyer Seminar VII

This seminar examines various intersections of ethnicity and race between African- and Asian-descent populations, both historical and contemporary, and critically and in the arts.

USC Conference Convenors: Velina Hasu Houston (School of Dramatic Arts)


“In Search of the Black Intellectual Tradition in Japan: Then and Now"
Yuichiro Onishi
University of Minnesota, Associate Professor of African American and African Studies and Asian American Studies; author of Transpacific Antiracism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th-Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa (NYU Press, 2013).

“Dislocated Blackness in Okinawa: Security and Race along the Fencelines”
Mitzi Uehara Carter
UC Berkeley, Ph.D. Candidate; author of “Nappy Routes and Tangled Tales: Critical Ethnography in a Militarised Okinawa,” Under Occupation: Resistance and Struggle in a Militarised Asia-Pacific (2013).

“Teruya Soul MiXtory”
Ariko Ikehara
UC Berkeley, Ph.D. Candidate.

“Identity from the Frontlines: Black and Asian Children Orphaned by Deployed Military Personnel”
Jungmiwha Bullock
UC Berkeley, Visiting Scholar; Ph.D. USC, Multiracial Politics or the Politics of Being Multiracial?: Racial Theory, Civic Engagement, and Political Participation in a Contemporary Society (2010).

*Please e-mail Kana Sugita at to register, and if you would like to receive pre-reading materials from the presenters for this seminar (highly encouraged!).

Presented by the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture's "Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach" Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars Series at the University of Southern California.